Studied martial arts with Bruce Lee during the late 1960s.

Wrote a meticulous treatment for Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged," which was never developed into a screenplay or produced.

A bet with Harold P. Warren led to the creation of the infamously bad movie Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966).

Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors." New Revision Series, Vol. 130, pp. 369-374. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Career monograph "Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God" by Nat Segaloff in "Backstory 3," CA: University of California Press, 1997 (complete version is in the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)

Brother of Al Silliman Jr..

Brother of Robert Silliphant.

Won back-to-back Golden Globes in the Best Screenplay category for his In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Charly (1968) scripts.

Advertising executive for Disney and Twentieth Century Fox before turning to screenwriting in the 1950s. Prolific writer who also published more than 50 books.